In 2019, West Oakland was beginning to consider how it might retain its identity against a backdrop of surging rents and home prices, and the inevitability of gentrification.
West Oakland’s ongoing housing crisis remained unsolved and yet signs indicate that West Oakland is a community on the precipice of resurgence. Music venues are under renovation with the intention of returning them to their Jazz club roots.
Recognizing the transformative power of arts & culture, leading community members & funders started looking towards West Oakland’s thriving arts community for answers. The question though, was how to leverage the vibrancy of West Oakland’s heyday without continuing to disenfranchise its existing residents.
Zoo Labs, in collaboration with Culture Bank requested information on the current social, economic and environmental landscape of West Oakland.